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What’s Your Mindset?

Posted by tdifranc on July 29, 2010

Take a few minutes to read this intriguing guest blog post from one of the best strength & conditioning coaches in the business:  Brijesh Patel – Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at Quinnipiac University.  Brijesh does a GREAT job of looking past just the body and heavy weights – he is a guy who simply put: “Gets it”.  I am lucky to be able to consider him a friend and a mentor.  As you read it try to relate this to different aspects of your life including but not limited to training.  Think beyond what mindset you are and think about mindsets of friends, family, and co-workers…this might help you understand them better and improve relationships with them.  Ultimately I think this is crucial in mental or emotional peace which then helps to make you feel better physically!!!

If you like the information here from Brijesh be sure to check out his website:

What kind of mindset do you have?

May 7th, 2010 | Author: Brijesh

I’ve recently been reading about mindsets and how that affects your behaviors and ultimately your performance.  My first experience reading about fixed mindset vs. growth mindset was in a newsletter written by Brian McCormick.  The notion of defining mindsets comes from Carol Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford, who authored the book Mindset.

Dweck distinguishes those with a growth mindset and those with a fixed mindset:

Those with a fixed mindset believe that their talents and abilities are simply fixed. They have a certain amount and that’s that. In this mindset athletes may become so concerned with being and looking talented that they never fulfill their potential.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, think of talents and abilities as things they can develop—as potentials that come to fruition through effort, practice, and instruction.

These are Dweck’s Mindset Rules:

Rule 1:

Fixed Mindset: Look talented at all costs.

Growth Mindset: Learn, learn, learn!

Rule 2:

Fixed Mindset: Don’t work too hard or practice too much.

Growth Mindset: Work with passion and dedication—effort is the key.

Rule 3:

Fixed Mindset: When faced with setbacks, run away or conceal your deficiencies.

Growth Mindset: Embrace your mistakes and confront your deficiencies.

With those rules, it is clear to see why people with a growth mindset succeed while those with a fixed mindset often do not live up to their potential. The key to becoming great at anything is a willingness to learn, to work hard and to acknowledge your shortcomings/weaknesses to become better at whatever task you decide to take on.

These lessons can easily be applied to the athletes and clients we work with.  There will be athletes who have a fixed mindset that they won’t be able to accomplish a certain task or a finish a certain drill/exercise, while those with a growth mindset realize that they may not succeed the first time but will keep trying and learn how to get better at the drill to make themselves better.

We have to teach and educate our athletes about these kinds of mindsets and encourage them to have growth mindsets to really achieve success.

What kind of mindset do you have? and what kind are you preaching to your athletes?

Check out this article too for more info about Carol Dweck

About the Author:

Brijesh Patel began his first year with Quinnipiac University in August 2008 as the athletic department’s head strength and conditioning coach. Patel previously held the title of assistant strength and conditioning coach at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.

While at Holy Cross Patel worked extensively with the men’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, field hockey, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and cheerleading programs while also assisting with other sports. Patel’s responsibilities ranged from weight room management to serving as sports medicine liaison before implementing strength and conditioning programs for the Crusaders. Patel was also an intern with Holy Cross during the summer of 2002.

In addition to his strength and conditioning programming, Patel also provided nutrition and food supplement education to all student-athletes. Patel also prepared several presentations for the Crusaders’ athletes while also helping to develop the strength and conditioning website section of the Holy Cross athletics website.

Prior to Holy Cross Patel served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut. While at UConn Patel worked with the women’s ice hockey, baseball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and women’s cross country teams. Patel also assisted with the men’s basketball and football programs. In addition to his strength and conditioning responsibilities, Patel also taught a course entitled, “Fundamentals and Principles of Free Weight Training,” for which he assisting in writing a course manual.

Patel also authored an article, “Time is Precious,” that was published in the January 2003 edition of Pure Power Magazine. He has also been featured as a guest speaker at several prestigious regional industry functions including the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Pennsylvania State Strength and Conditioning Clinic at Juniata College, “Be The Best” Baseball Clinic in Cherry Hill, N.J., Mike Boyle’s Functional Strength Coach Seminar and the Be Athletic Performance Symposium. In addition, Patel was a speaker at the first and second Mike Boyle Winter Seminars and has also spoken at Springfield (Mass.) College.

Patel holds certifications from the NSCA, USA Weightlifting, and the Red Cross and is also SPIN certified. Patel is also the founder and partner of SB Coaches College, and My Fit Tube.

Patel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2002 and a master’s degree in sport management in 2004 from the University of Connecticut.

Currently, Patel and his wife Anna live in Hamden.


2 Responses to “What’s Your Mindset?”

  1. JGM said

    This article is really interesting, and I think definitely spills over into just about eveything in life. I can see this playing out academically as well as athletically, and I think there are a lot of people who need to adjust what their idea of “success” is in a variety of contexts.

    Keep it up!


    • tdifranc said

      No doubt Jo! Sometimes you wonder how a different mindset by the right person could have changed major negative events in history for the better…
      Success is relative and what people don’t realize is that we all get the chance to choose to be happy or not with whatever situation/result you are faced with.


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